HOUSTON—A Houston-area pest control expert continues to offer some of his services free of charge, especially when the customer is a patient down on his or her luck with little hope and often little time.
William Snow has terminal cancer and lives on Social Security. He also has a wall full of bees at his southwest Houston home threatening his ability to use his bathroom or bedroom.
But when we visited him Friday, he also offered a ready smile.
“I’m always in good spirits. That’s all I have left,” he told us from the house he has called home for the last 23 years.
At 84-years-old and with doctors unable to tell him how much time he has left, Snow asked the city of Houston to at least help him solve his bee problem. He was told to get three estimates before the city could help. The lowest estimate was $500.
Claude Griffin, with Gotcha Pest Control, heard about his plight and offered to get rid of the bees for free.
“And his little wish was, he says I wish I just had a little going away party but I can’t do it with bees,” Griffin said of the day-long July 4 conversation he had with Snow. “You know, that’s all he asked.”
So on July 5, Griffin and his team arrived at the West Bellfort Avenue home and pried open an east–facing wall just below the attic and directly above Snow’s bathroom window. The honeycomb was several layers thick.
“I like to see a smile on this man’s face because he hasn’t had a smile on his face since he was told he was gonna die,” said Griffin.
“I’m shocked. It’s like an angel coming,” said Snow. “He kept talking to me and I said this can’t be true.”
It’s true because Griffin has had family battles with cancer, too, so every now and then he shows up free of charge.
“So I decided to come visit him,” said Griffin while removing the hive. “And I think he’s gonna be a super happy camper right now.”
“Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be,” said Snow. “One person reaching out to another person, helping them? There should be more and more of that.”
Griffin, who has helped dozens of Houstonians in similar situations, rescued as many of the bees as he can and reintroduces them in more rural areas.